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Man slammed with one year probation for PPD

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who pled guilty to public peace disturbance has been sentenced to 12 months probation, because the court said the 6-months probation recommended by attorneys from both sides is not enough.

Leati Mapu was initially charged with two counts of third degree assault and public peace disturbance. Under a plea agreement with the government, Mapu pled guilty to PPD and the remaining charges were dismissed.

With his guilty plea, Mapu admits that on Oct. 10, 2020 he was engaged in a fight, which involved 4 people, some of whom were juveniles.

In rendering sentence, the court noted that Mapu's record reflects other PPD charges in 2016 and also 2017

The court said Mapu is young, in his early 20s, and the court feels that a 12-month probation sentence is needed, to put him under longer supervision.

In addition to probation, Mapu is ordered to pay off a citation ($50) that was issued in 2017 and a fine of $150 within 60 days.

"Find a job and pay your fines," the court said.